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The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (1974)

L'assassino ha riservato nove poltrone (original title)
Patrick Davenant invites a group of friends to visit a theater inside his villa. Within a short time, the guests realize that they are trapped. A merciless killer then begins to murder them one by one.


Giuseppe Bennati




Complete credited cast:
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Vivian
Chris Avram ... Patrick Davenant
Eva Czemerys ... Rebecca Davenant
Lucretia Love ... Doris
Paola Senatore ... Lynn Davenant
Gaetano Russo Gaetano Russo ... Duncan Foster
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Doctor Albert
Eduardo Filipone Eduardo Filipone ... Mystery Man
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Caretaker (as Antonio Guerra) (credit only)
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Russell
Janet Agren ... Kim


A very rich Englishman of ancient nobility, Patrick Davenant, on the evening of his birthday, invites some friends to visit the old theater located in the family palace and which has been closed for a hundred years, since a family had remained there closed and had entirely perished there. The protagonists of the tragic night are: Rebecca, Patrick's sister, with Doris her close friend. Lynn daughter of the same with boyfriend Duncan. Viviana first wife of Patrick, with the current husband Dr. Dalbert; Kim starlets engaged to the landlord, with her lover Russel. As soon as the party, to which a mysterious character has to be added, accompanied by a guru, enters the room, all the doors close; then begins a chain of crimes and horrors that Patrick almost ritually commits, according to a centuries-old curse. Written by Coming Soon

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Surprisingly entertaining and with a great exploitation cast
31 December 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is a surprisingly entertaining Italian giallo that resembles a lot of later American slasher movies more than it does the earlier or contemporary Italian thrillers. As in slasher films like "Stage Fright" (both versions), "Popcorn", and "Clown at Midnight" this film is basically about nine people who attend a showing at a mysteriously deserted theater and find themselves trapped inside and picked off one-by-one by a mysterious masked killer, who may be motivated by revenge. Really though the plot here is pretty inconsequential. This movie is much closer to the stylish gialli than amateurish slasher movies in quality, and instead of having a cast of adolescent American nitwits, the cast is made up of sumptuous European beauties who spend much of the movie in various states of undress--oh yeah, and the male lead from "South Pacific".

The most recognizable actress might be the Swedish Janet Agren who later appeared in Fulci's "City of the Living Dead", but she (and her obvious body double) are only in the movie briefly. The lead actresses are Paola Senatore (who later appeared in Italian porn movies) and Lucretia Love (who might as well have). Neither are great actresses but they easily fulfill the requirements of their roles here. (Senatore and Agren would appear together again later in Umberto Lenzi's cannibalism opus "Eaten Alive" where hilariously the blonde Aryan Swede and the swarthy Italian were supposed to be sisters). You may wonder what Rosanno "South Pacific" Brazzi is doing in a movie like this, but this is actually a step up from his previous appearance in "Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks" (and personally I'd rather watch either of these again than "South Pacific").

You might wait for this to be legitimately released on DVD, but unlike a lot of obscure gialli there are good-looking copies of it floating around out there.

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21 May 1974 (Italy) See more »

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